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Mesh problems after hernia repairs

A hernia is a relatively common condition that can affect over 1 million Georgia residents and other people around the country in any given year. However, just because the condition is common, it does not mean that it shouldn't' get fixed. If simply allowing the hernia to stay put isn't an option, a doctor will likely have to do surgery, and this surgery may involve the use of mesh.

To review, a hernia develops when a person has a weakness in his or her muscle lining the abdomen. As a result of the weakness, some organs can herniate, or swell out, of that weakness in the lining, much like food can protrude or even spill out of a bag that has a weak spot in it.

Statistics: it takes a football field for a car to stop

Even with the best braking system in the world, there is no such thing as a car or truck that can literally stop on a dime. Motor vehicles are simply too heavy and travel too fast for that to be possible.

Because of the principle of what is called momentum, it takes a passenger car about 245 feet to come to a complete stop from 65 miles per hour after the brakes are applied on the vehicle. Additionally, the car travels over 70 feet between the time a driver makes a decision to stop and the time he or she actually presses on the brakes.

Workers' compensation and third-party liability claims

As previous posts on this blog have explained, Georgia's workers' compensation system exists to ensure that injured employees in Georgia get prompt access to compensation that will cover their medical bills and at least a portion of their lost income should they get hurt while on the job.

This system does, however, involve a trade-off. In exchange for getting benefits on a no-fault basis, the employee loses his or her right to sue the employer for negligence. The problem with this trade-off is that workers' compensation benefits do not always cover all of a worker's out-of-pocket losses, and they certainly do not account for intangibles like pain and suffering.

The importance of informed consent in med mal cases

As this blog has discussed previously, patients both in Georgia and across the country have the right to expect that their doctors will diagnose them correctly and promptly and will administer all surgeries and other treatments correctly. If a doctor fails in this obligation and injures a patient as a result, then the doctor can be held financially accountable via a medical malpractice case.

However, doctors also have what some might rightly describe as a duty to communicate with their patients adequately when it comes to having a patient choose what course of medical treatment to pursue.

Possible risks of dietary supplements

It seems that these days, more and more residents of Georgia and other people across the country are turning to alternative to conventional medicine, which relies heavily on pharmaceutical drugs, when it comes to getting treatment for their medical conditions. Dietary supplements are one such alternative.

Basically, these products are designed to and claim to provide a person with additional nutrients, like vitamins and minerals that they need in order to live a healthy life or recover from a particular condition. They are meant to balance out a healthy regimen of dieting and exercise.

The known problems with transvaginal mesh

Not too long ago, many women in Georgia may have been told about the benefits of transvaginal mesh. Doctors used this product to treat what the medical world calls "Pelvic Organ Prolapse," or POP

POP is a condition in which a woman's organs in the abdomen, usually the bladder, do not stay in place because the woman's muscles in the area have been weakened by the bearing of children. The organs then push against the vagina and can cause pain.

The basics of filing a workers' compensation claim

As a previous post on this blog discussed, in Georgia workers' compensation benefits are available to workers in this state who get hurt on the job.

The law in Georgia requires employers to make sure that, without regard to fault, their employees get their medical bills taken care of and also get some of their lost wages covered while they are off work recovering from their injury. Workers' compensation is also available in the even an employee gets killed or permanently disabled in a workplace accident.

We take on failure-to-warn cases

A failure to warn patients about hazards of medications can lead to injury. A previous post on this blog discussed the legal trouble that is now plaguing the manufacturer of Texotere, a powerful chemotherapy drug.

The issue with this drug is not that cancer patients were not aware that it had significant side effects which are typical of chemotherapy treatments. After all, many drugs come with risks and unpleasant side effects.

Chemotherapy drug may cause permanent hair loss

Georgia cancer survivors are often willing to try just about anything to beat their condition. Oftentimes, this means subjecting oneself to chemotherapy, which is really a general terms for the treatment of various cancers using drugs and drug combinations that are highly potent.

Not surprisingly, these drugs have some serious side effects. Like other types of chemotherapy, the drug Texotere, for instance, can lead to nausea, pain in the muscles and joints, vomiting, and, in addition to other effects, the classic hair loss that many chemotherapy patients endure, at least on a temporary basis.

When is a misdiagnosis more than a mistake?

Georgia doctors are entitled to a little bit of leeway when it comes to making a diagnosis. After all, medicine, despite all of society's advances in technology, is still an art and, as such, still involves a lot of trial of error.

As such, doctors can sometimes ultimately be proven wrong in making a diagnosis yet still not have to worry about facing a medical malpractice action.

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